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Astra - Arts, Science & Technology Research Alliance

The Arts, Science and Technology Research Alliance (ASTRA) aims to bring together researchers across the University of Guelph whose interests lie within an intersection of the sciences, the humanities and the fine arts.

Examples of these areas of convergence include:

  • topics which involve researchers from a diversity of areas (such as the problem of consciousness, medical bioethics, questions about the origins of the universe);
  • the history of science;
  • the role and influence of science in culture;
  • the public communication of science;
  • the representation of science and scientific ideas in art and literature;
  • methodological and epistemological questions about science;
  • and the relation (reductive or otherwise) between the physical sciences,
  • the life sciences and the social sciences.

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The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.